The digital camera business is evolving rapidly. What is selling well this year will become obsolete in 24 months and a lot of people buy a new one even if the old one still works. Newer cameras lure their customers with better pictures, smart functions and improved functionality but not every model is worth spending money. When we’re talking about a 300 dollar budget there is no room for mistake. Buying a camera that does not live up to expectations can turn into a costly mistake or buyer’s remorse. To avoid unpleased situations the top 10 best digital cameras under 300 dollars have been rounded up. With no further ado, here are the top 10 picks.
10. Samsung WB1100F
By no means the Samsung WB1100F is a compact camera. It is bulky and big but for a good reason. It needs to hold a 35x optical zoom lens and this adds a lot to the camera’s thickness. The WB1100F is capable of taking decent pictures with the aid of its 16 megapixel sensor and tends to have minimal shutter lag. The most attractive part of this digital camera is the price. It is usually available for little over $200 which makes it a budget solution for the ones that want a camera with ridiculous optical zoom and decent picture quality.
9. Fujifilm FinePix SL1000
The SL1000 is similar to the Samsung WB1100F from many points of view including the price range. It has a 16 megapixel sensor and an astonishing 50x optical zoom. It is fairly compact but it is far from being a pocket camera. It is still too big to be fitted in the small pocket of a shirt. However, the picture video recording quality recommends it for the ones that want to do more with their camera than to just capture still moments. It can record at full HD resolution with 30 fps without any kind of choppiness.
8. Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS
When it comes to travel friendly compact cameras the Canon ELPH 110 HS seems to be one of the most praised options available. The lens retract perfectly inside making it easy to slip into a pocket. It comes with a standard 16 megapixel sensor and Canon’s typical lens which provide decent photo quality. The only downside is the low optical zoom. For some, 5x might not be enough but the price places it above its competition.
7. Kodak Astro Zoom
After sticking for so long to film, Kodak started moving to digital and needless to say, their products are not that bad. In fact the Kodak Astro Zoom is rather decent camera. It is a little heavy and big but the 56x optical zoom makes up for it. Its 16 megapixel sensor and the ridiculous zoom will make it easy to get shots of objects even from a mile away. Adding the fact that it is priced well below 300, the Astro Zoom is a great gadget for the ones that need something a bit better than the average pocket digital camera.
6. Samsung WB800F
Samsung’s WB800F digital camera is considered to be a gorgeous gadget. It looks great on the outside and performs quite well. Even if it is a compact camera it manages to hide a 21x optical zoom lens paired with a 16 megapixel sensor. It also have a 3 inch touch display and plenty of SMART features that make it easy to share pictures over the email or to social media websites directly from the camera. Putting all these into simple words, the Samsung WB800F is a compact camera that lives up to expectations.
5. Canon Powershot SX510 HS CMOS
Canon keeps on impressing the public with its products. The SX510 manages to pull off great pictures with its models 12 megapixel sensor. It has a 30x optical zoom and all the standard features present in almost all Canon cameras but the truly appealing fact is the bundle kit that is sold for less than 300 dollars. The kit includes a 32 GB memory card, a tripod, a carrying case, cleaning cloth and a few other goodies. When looked at all these bonuses included in the package the SX510 turns into a really great deal.
4. Nikon COOLPIX AW100
Nikon has a lot of fans and in all fairness their cameras do perform as expected. The AW100 is one of their entry models that is priced fair and offers some of the perks found in much more expensive camera. It features a modest 5x optical zoom and uses a 16 megapixel sensor. The picture quality is clear, colors are saturated and it even performs decently when natural light is lacking. Adding the fact that it can record full HD videos and it is shockproof and waterproof, the AW100 turns into a viable pick for the ones that live an active life.
3. Sony WX350
The Sony WX350 is a compact 18 megapixel camera. Using the standard Sony lens the camera manages to capture exceptional images regardless of the lighting conditions. Its form factor and ease of use recommends it to everyone that need a simple solution for their needs. It has a 20x optical zoom and a wide selection of connectivity options. It can even be paired with a smartphone via a wireless LAN connection.
2. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70
The Panasonic FZ70 comes with a really interesting kit. It seems like the manufacturers invested a lot into developing an affordable camera with a superior 16 megapixel sensor and a 60x optical zoom lens. To make things even better, the camera is able to record in full HD at 60 frames per second which is quite rare in models within this price range. It is a camera that can serve almost any purpose and can easily replace a normal video camera.
1. Sony Cybershot DSC-H400
Sony’s Cybershot DSC-H400 is one of the best camera available in 2014. It uses a new 20 megapixel sensor that has no issues capturing decent pictures even if natural lighting is lacking. It also comes with a 63x optical zoom which is more than enough to capture detailed pictures from far away. The camera is also being sold as a bundle that includes a memory card, a tripod, a carrying bag and several other bonuses.